Lead-acid batteries are used in automobiles of all types; from golf carts to cars to light trucks on up. And most of them are made of components that have been recycled many times over. The reasons for this are threefold:
- lead-acid battery waste is environmentally harmful, so recycling is the responsible thing to do;
- recycling battery components does not damage their effectiveness, and is less costly than mining and refining new lead, so it’s less costly (which means less expensive batteries for the consumer);
- it’s easy! Especially with us!
Lead-acid battery recycling is carried out in highly-controlled facilities that minimize lead exposure for both their workers and the surrounding populace. These facilities break batteries down into their component parts, selling the (once again) raw materials to battery manufacturers for the production of new batteries.
Did you know: lead-acid batteries are recycled at the highest rate of consumer goods. A staggering 98% puts other goods to shame. Only 55% of aluminum soft drink and beer cans, 45% of newspapers, 26% of glass bottles and 26% of tires are recycled in the United States!
Responsible recycling keeps lead and chemical waste out of our ecosystem, preventing illnesses from lead contamination in our water and air. We’re long past the days of lead-based paint, and of tossing batteries out with the garbage. Since recycled components don’t lose any of their effectiveness, recycling makes the most of the resources we have without sacrificing power or reliability. It also keeps the materials available, minimizing the cost of mining and refining new lead for batteries.
At Batteries Unlimited, lead-acid battery recycling is easy. We will collect your used battery anytime we’re open, and deliver it to an EPA-approved battery recycling facility. Just come drop it off at our shop, located at 1000 Grafton Street in Worcester, anytime Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, or Saturday 9am-1pm.